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UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers: Challenge 11 ~ “Healthy Oceans – Healthy Planet”

It’s June-

This month we have a potpourri of Challenge topics to share thoughts about:

  • World Oceans Day,
  • Pollinator Week.

World Oceans Day 2015 theme: Healthy Oceans – Healthy Planet

It seems inconceivable that the world’s oceans are in distress.

When I was a little girl growing up in the Northeast, trips to “the Shore” always had a feeling of crisp-cleanness. I could tell the exact moment we arrived from the city by the change in the smell of the air, sound of the waves , and reflection of clear blue between water and sky.

Now, all grown-up, I am living in the Northwest; trips to “the Coast” have an even grander feeling of freshness. Mountains tumble to the Pacific as the scent of the air transitions from forest to salt, waves crash against basalt headlands, and the reflection is either deep blue or steel gray where water and sky meet- depending on the temperament of the weather.

It deeply troubles and frightens me to realize how in peril our oceans are. Climate change and ocean acidification… plastics and pollution. How can this be? I want the ocean to be healthy, and the same is true for our planet.

On June 8th, World Oceans Day, UNESCO members from around the world will meet in Paris, France consider agenda topics that relate to Climate Change and Ocean health.

This year, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean’s role in the climate system, ahead of the global climate change negotiations taking place during the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21) at the end of 2015. The program will … bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth and foster dialogue to identify actions and possible ocean sensitive strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts – See more at: https://en.unesco.org/events/world-oceans-day-2015-ocean-and-climate#sthash.9w2OiaRy.dpuf

Organizers at The Ocean Project will dedicate June 8th as a kick-off day to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic in the world’s oceans and to promote plastic-use reduction campaigns.

Take the Better Bag Challenge

Plastic trash is choking our ocean, and 80% of it comes from land. We can do better!

Learn why it’s so important.

The challenge: promise not take any disposable plastic bags for a whole year. Take a better bag instead!

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UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers’ Challenge 11: “Healthy Oceans – Healthy Planet”

Whether we like it or not, we’re all impacted by the troubles our oceans are facing.

For this challenge:

  • Keep in mind what we want to preserve: Share a positive experience,  feeling, or impression of the ocean;( photos are good).
  • Then, choose or describe  a commitment you are ready to make that will work toward reducing ocean stressors to keep the oceans the way we want them to be.
    • The UNESCO and Ocean Project information provide points for reflection… they are very BIG ideas.
    • I hope we will learn of other ocean-related calls-to-action that you have heard about- Please add on to recommend other resources.

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Create a post to share your thoughts/ photos and create a ping back to the challenge:

UNLESS: Earth-friendly Chroniclers: Challenge 11~ “Healthy Oceans – Healthy Planet”

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If writing a post is not possible, share your experience and or thoughts in the comments section.

18 comments

    1. Lola Jane,
      As always, I love the personal ties you bring to your well-documented, interesting, and insightful articles. What really warmed my heart about this post was the fact that it helped another blogger to see an aspect of ocean pollution problems that she had not been aware of. Kudos-
      ~Jane

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    1. Writing about the ocean comes from the heart as you demonstrate in your photo essay, Liz. I read the lines over several times, and can imagine the Atlantic as it “sweeps in unhindered, a fetch of a few thousand miles from the Antarctic and crashes into the headlands with a strong booming heartbeat.” This is so powerful!

      Love that you’ve tagged on another way folks can realistically, and easily reduce the plastic footprint that dares to damper the ocean’s “strong booming heartbeat.”

      Thank you, Liz ❤

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    1. Thank you for contributing to Challenge 11. You mentioned another aspect of plastics that are easily avoided after building awareness:

      Microplastics.

      Microplastics particles, which are smaller than five millimeters in size, likely pose a massive environmental and human health risk when they enter our natural waterways.

      Toxins including DDT, BPA and pesticides adhere to the particles, and because they can resemble plankton, they’re often ingested by small aquatic life. The toxins biomagnify as they move up the food chain, accumulating in birds, fish, marine mammals and potentially humans.

      Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC)

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  1. very worthy challenges to be sure – especially when your grandchild lives so near to one too, right? 🙂

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